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Not Without My Daughter

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Take Norma Khoury's "autobiographical" book, "Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan," which purports to be a first-hand account by an Arab woman.

Overall, the book was compelling, but I didn’t find the writing very good and a lot of things seemed to be retrospective rather than current which was frustrating.He informed them that, since Betty had an American passport, she needed to turn in her passport to the airport officials three days before her departure.

She endured violent abuse from her husband, isolation, and horrible culture shock; all the while, she never stopped planning and plotting. She also mentioned several instances of women who were not mistreated by their husbands, but also maintained, throughout the book, that most smugglers who helped people escape Iran could not be trusted. It's hard to believe Betty Mahmoody and her daughter survived their ordeal, but with Mahmoody's fierce persistence, they did. And Mom always made sure that I knew that if I wanted to communicate with my father, it was always my decision. It was a scary time to be a six-year-old, so my mom taught us how to memorize landmarks and phone numbers, even directions on how to get back to the international bridge, and what to tell authorities if my dad ever got a fit of the crazies.

People made their homes out of cinder blocks, durable cardboard, and any other supplies they could find. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Betty tried to get help from Moody's family, but they approved of Moody's actions and refused to help. I am really looking forward to the discussion on this one with my friend and while I enjoyed the read I did find this one was a little long but this might be more the fact that it was a re-read. And then every time he would reappear in my life, I would have to work through those emotions and, you know, forgive him all over again.

It must have been terrifying to not understand what’s being said around you as you go through the crazy, illegal, and deadly steps she took to escape the country. Betty also gave pretty gruesome details of the filth that Iranians at that time were comfortable with but as Americans, we would find appalling and unsanitary with the Health Department persistently knocking on our doors.Betty Mahmoudy recounts her experiences as a captive , with her daughter Mahtob, of her increasingly violent husband who keeps her a prisoner to stop her leaving the Islamic Republic. To put it in perspective, Mahmoody co-wrote the book with William Hoffer who wrote Midnight Express, a novel that also happens to be racist and xenophobic against Turkey. On February 7, 1986, Betty and Mahtob finally arrived back home in Michigan, after spending eighteen months trapped in Iran. At any rate, I loved that Betty took the time to explain Muslim holidays and customs, foods and their preparations, rules of etiquette, and even bureaucratic governmental policies. I was visiting family near Alpena, MI in 2013 and was told that the ‘Not Without My Daughter’ house was down the street.

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